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  • 25
    Oct

Auction Report: Meissen Urns Take Top Lot at Cottone Fall Fine Art Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516361" align="alignleft" width="300"] The top lot of the auction was this spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns, which sold for $201,250.[/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. — A spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns sailed past their pre-sale high estimate of $15,000 to gavel for $201,250 at a Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Oct....

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  • 25
    Oct

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Ghost & Phantom Variants on the Rise

[caption id="attachment_2516419" align="alignright" width="298"] Avengers #158 (Marvel, 1977)[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current...

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  • 25
    Oct

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

[caption id="attachment_2516298" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This bowl shows the telltale golden veins of a repair by the ancient Japanese technique of kintsugi.[/caption] There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art...

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  • 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Calendar Medals

[caption id="attachment_2516288" align="alignleft" width="288"] This brass calendar medal, minted in 1858 to commemorate President George Washington, sold for less than $150.[/caption] Calendar medals are often items of speculation, and they’re frequently though to be one-of-a-kind, rare presentation pieces. But like paper calendars, they only appear rare because they were often discarded once their useful life was over. Some...

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  • 23
    Oct

Oswald, Pollock, Houdini Featured in October Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516316" align="alignleft" width="193"] This letter from Lee Harvey Oswald to the head of the Communist Party USA headlines the sale.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. — A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a copy of “LIFE Magazine” from 1949 signed by artist Jackson Pollock and an 1848 Peter Force printing of the Declaration of Independence will headline...

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  • 23
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/23/2013

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists of new comics...

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  • 22
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Codina and ‘Liquidating an Estate’

[caption id="attachment_2516280" align="aligncenter" width="199"] "Liquidating an Estate, How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash and Live to Tell About It"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516281" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Martin Codina[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Codina as the two met at Connor McCrory’s (America’s Youngest Picker) first estate sale in Southern California...

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  • 22
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Fun Reads with Antiques and Collectibles Themes

[caption id="attachment_2516271" align="alignright" width="200"] I was aware of Barbara Shapiro’s “The Art Forger” and had it on my “to read” list. Available in paperback from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-61620-316-0), I sprung for the $14.95 plus tax and acquired a copy.[/caption] In the course of preparing the annual “Rinker on Collectibles”...

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  • 22
    Oct

Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2516239" align="alignleft" width="214"] The padding used in antique chairs should be thrown away and replaced with new padding when re-upholstered.[/caption] Writer Amy Gale, in her book “Shows, Shops, & Auctions: Essays on the Antiques Trade,” recounts a tale of London surgeon Samuel Sharp, traveling in Italy in 1760. In the late 18th century, says Ms. Gale, the...

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  • 22
    Oct

Collectible Matchbox Cars: Hope You Saved the Box!

[caption id="attachment_2516245" align="alignright" width="340"] This 1960s Fire Chief car sells today “used” for $10 or so, and in mint, maybe for $25. But mint-in-the-box, closer to $70.[/caption] I am 53 years old. So if my math is correct, it would have been about 45 years ago (the late 1960s). Now, I’ll sound more like I’m 80 years old...

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